Norwegians bringing 26 accordions to town

EVERETT — Never mind the British Invasion; the Norwegians are coming. And they’re bringing a few dozen accordions and a barrel of laughs along with them.

Lindesnes Trekkspillklubb, a Norwegian band with 26 accordion players, is scheduled to perform Sunday afternoon at Everett’s Normanna Hall.

Don’t expect a stoic crowd.

“You won’t get a whole bunch of people onstage staring at sheets of music,” band member Lance Torressen said in a phone interview Friday. “You’ll get two hours of Scandinavian-type music, humor with audience involvement and a few special events that we throw in. Everybody leaves our shows with nothing but smiles.”

Lindesnes Trekkspillklubb hails from the southernmost township in Norway.

It kicked off its 2007 American tour Friday in Poulsbo. After Everett, the group is set to play in Missoula, Mont.; Denver; and Minneapolis before joining Bill Cosby and other performers at the largest Scandinavian festival in North America, the Norsk Høstfest in Minot, N.D.

Diana Barstad with Everett’s Normanna Hall said she expects the show to draw people from as far away as Canada.

While Barstad hasn’t seen the band play live, she has watched with amusement videos of the band playing on snow skis and another where an accordion player falls from a boat into the water.

“They put in a lot of humor and they’re wonderful musicians,” she said.

Reporter David Chircop: 425-339-3429 or

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The Lindesnes Trekkspillklubb is scheduled to play at 3 p.m. Sunday at Normanna Hall, 2725 Oakes Ave, Everett. Cost is $10. For information, go to

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